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We adopt practices and measures to promote the sustainable production of commodities such as palm oil, soy, wood and wood derivatives, and beef.
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Zero net deforestation

The global demand for agricultural commodities is one of the main causes of pressure on our forests.

As deforestation is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions, it is our objective to progressively ensure that the agricultural commodities that go into our Private Brand products have a sustainable origin.

Our “Zero Net Deforestation by 2020” commitment within The Consumer Goods Forum is to contribute to the reduction of deforestation rates and their loss of biodiversity.

To minimize this risk in our supply chain, we have been implementing a set of actions to reduce carbon emissions associated with forest destruction, conserve biodiversity in these ecosystems and contribute to the elimination of human rights violations, Child and / or Workers associated with these commodities.

To achieve that, we have put the following measures into practice:

  • Since 2014, we have been mapping out the presence of these ingredients in our products and questioning our suppliers about the traceability of these commodities and their respective certification and answering CDP Forests, making our answers available to the public.
  • We are a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), initiatives that promote alignment with the best practices of sustainability in the production of palm oil and soy, respectively.
  • We cooperate with the Soy Buyers Coalition, a project led by The Consumer Goods Forum to devise initiatives that contribute towards curbing deforestation in the main soy production regions of Brazil.

Score obtained in the Carbon Disclosure Project 2018


In 2018, we registered an increase in the presence of these commodities in our Private Brand and Perishables products, mainly due to the growth in our operations. The exception was observed in the products and packaging of paper and wood, mostly attributed to the increase in the incorporation of recycled fibers.

Palm oil

Our strategy for palm oil is based on two vectors: i). substitution with vegetable oils with a better nutritional profile; and ii). progressively ensure its sustainable origin in cases where it is present in our products. In 2018, our suppliers stated that about 70% of palm oil used was certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).


In 2018, the Group’s Private and Perishable Products had a direct presence of 15,482 tonnes of soy, of which 9,366 tonnes came from countries at risk of deforestation1.

The soy indirectly present in these products (e.g., used in animal feed) was estimated at 352,019 tonnes.

Our suppliers indicated that about 20% of soy from countries at risk are certified as Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) or ProTerra, thus ensuring that their production did not induce deforestation2.

Paper & Wood

Private Brand products accounted for a consumption of 104,405 tonnes of paper and wood, excluding packaging, a decrease of 4% compared to 2017. Of these, 1,204 tonnes came from countries at risk of deforestation1. The paper and cardboardcontained in packaging material were responsible for the consumption of 82,525 tonnes.

For virgin paper and wood fibers, present in Private Brand products and packaging, we observed an increase of sourcing from origins at risk. However, the actual risk of deforestation is mitigated by the high level of certification: according to our suppliers, more than 90% of these products are sustainably certified with standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).


Beef in Private Brand and Perishable products was estimated at 48,825 tonnes, an increase of 14% compared to 2017 associated with the increase in the Group’s operations. Of these, 931 tonnes originate in countries at risk of deforestation1, 1% less than in 2017. Despite an increase in sales in 2018 (+ 14%), less than 2% come from sources of risk.


1 The countries at risk of deforestation considered are defined according to the guidelines of the Consumer Goods Forum, for soy and paper and wood. For beef, the Group considers the same origins as those for soy.

Only 3% of soy traded in the global market is sustainably certified.

Independent Verification

The data referring to the presence of deforestation commodities in Private Brand and Perishables products was verified by an external and independent entity in the context of the Group’s 2018 Annual Report.

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